CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Finance
February 20, 2019

Monthly shippers index shows relief from high freight rates

FTR's November market measure hits first positive mark in over two years.

Logistics Manager's Index shows growth rate slowed in November

Economic conditions cool off for transportation prices, transportation utilization, and inventory costs, LMI reveals.

What private equity investments in transportation and logistics could mean for you

A growing number of private equity (PE) firms are buying transportation and logistics companies. Here's why they're so active in this space, and what this new ownership might mean for customers and suppliers.

The state of the American consumer

Taking the pulse of the American consumer today reveals shifting spending patterns and some areas of concern, but overall a healthy prognosis.

Ceva Logistics acquires CMA CGM's freight management unit as partners deepen ties

Part-owner CMA CGM says deal will accelerate Ceva's debt reorganization and digital transformation.

Freight spending rose by double digits in Q3, buoyed by tight trucking market.

But long-term outlook is stormy, as U.S. economy may slump under weight of trade tariffs, rising interest rates, U.S. Bank report says.

Economist warns of moderate recession in 2020

Material handling industry likely to be buoyed by continued e-commerce growth, but chance of Chinese recession looms, Schenker says at MHI conference.

A fresh take on inventory as a source of working capital

A three-pronged approach to inventory analysis can help companies free up cash while getting more value from underperforming or unwanted inventory.

E-commerce in a connected world

While B2B e-commerce holds the lion's share of total e-commerce sales, the B2C market is vying to catch up.

Economic outlook improves worldwide

The recovery from the financial crisis of 2008-09 is finally expanding beyond a few national economies.

Blockchain in Transport Alliance partners with finance trade group

Teaming up with Wall Street Blockchain Alliance will allow BiTA to be logistics industry "help desk," group says.

Global trade expansion to slow in first quarter of 2018, DHL forecasts

DHL/Accenture index predicts changes in volume of cross-border trade in air and ocean containers.

Maersk, IBM launch first blockchain joint venture for trade, transportation

The platform, which took 18 months to create, will now be marketed on wide scale, companies say.

More companies are using analytics to detect supply chain fraud, says Deloitte

Supply chain analytics software can help companies detect possible fraud before the company actually loses money, according to the global consulting company.

U.S. economy can push 3-percent growth next year if retailers cut stores, economist says

Ratajczak also says oil won't exceed $70 a barrel for next three years.

If you don't know what blockchain is, start studying

Get familiar with this technology now. Originally designed for managing digital currency, it's well on its way to adoption as a means of tracking supply chain transactions.

Optimism is not enough: Realization of pro-growth policies will shape U.S. economic outlook

Congress and the White House are likely to implement a modest pro-growth agenda, encouraging continued consumer confidence and economic growth for the next few years.

What do you mean, "without the anxiety"?

Human resources issues were beyond the scope of our series on managing the supply chain implications of mergers, acquisitions, and divestments. That doesn't mean they aren't a concern.

Separation without the anxiety

When companies divest or acquire a business, it has all kinds of implications for supply chain professionals. Our special three-part series provides an idea of what may be expected of you.

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Retailers slow to automate supply chain processes
Supply chain digitization is crucial to creating seamless omnichannel experiences, but few retailers have taken the plunge, survey says.

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UPS to transport an estimated 89 million flowers this Valentine's Day
Temperature-controlled trucks, aircraft, and warehouses help millions of blooms crisscross the globe this week.

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Retailers sustain import rush ahead of March tariff threat
NRF, Hackett report shows 2018 total breaks 2017 record by 6.2 percent.

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Study: Shippers expect freight slump in 2019
Market concerned about tight capacity, driver shortage, trade, and tariff wars, study from Averitt Express says.

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Teaching leadership: How to reach non-supply chain audiences
Supply chain professionals with backgrounds in engineering or business often struggle to reach nonquantitative thinkers. One way they can make their presentations more persuasive is to include "human elements."

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Tariff increase will cost jobs, slow GDP growth, study says
Industry leaders say potential March 1 tariff increase remains a top supply chain concern.

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Study: e-commerce trends are shrinking average length of truck trips
ATRI report finds growth of urban last-mile delivery has prompted shift of jobs from department stores to courier services and fulfillment centers.

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Hot Topic: Using Data to Improve Supply Chain Operations
CSCMP publication offers key steps companies can take to get the most out their data.

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Retailers to focus on supply chain strategies in 2019
Retailers, manufacturers say automation is a top priority, supply chain visibility needs improvement, industry survey says.

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Study: Canada lags global average on providing BOPIS services
Country's stores also need to up their social media game to meet e-commerce demands, OrderDynamics says.

CSCMP Notebook
On the air with CSCMP ...
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has launched a new podcast series, "Supply Chain Conversation." Now members have the chance to participate.

CSCMP European Conference registration is open
The two-day conference in Warsaw, Poland, will focus on real-world strategies companies can implement to maximize and transform their supply chains.

CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces
Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open
Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

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